Miss America 3rd preliminary night of the competition

Thursday was the 3rd preliminary night of the Miss America competition in Atlantic City at Boardwalk Hall. September,8, 2016. (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

Craig Matthews Wednesday will be the first preliminary night of the Miss America competition in Atlantic City at Boardwalk Hall.

Watch as all 51 Miss America competitors showcase their amazing talents, beauty and brains during three nights of preliminary competitions beginning Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, through Friday, Sept. 6 to 8, at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, the preliminary competitions feature each contestant competing in four different categories over the course of the three nights. Categories include Talent, Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear and On stage Question. Contestants will be scored based on their performance in each category.

After the three nights of preliminaries, the Top 15 contestants will go on to the final competition on Sunday, Sept. 10. Tickets for each night range from $23 to $53. A four-night package is available for $57 to $197. Boardwalk Hall is located at 2301 Boardwalk. Call 800-745-3000 or go to TicketMaster.com.

—Jacklyn McQuarrie